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The future of top administration officials, including his homeland security secretary is a shake up imminent taking it to court CNN of the White House face off before a federal judge over press access after the president claims you can pick and choose which reporters are allowed inside. We'll judge restore the press pass of our chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta rising death toll. More bodies are recovered in California. Federal officials survey what one calls one of the most complicated disasters ever to strike the US and with friends like these conservative lawyers form a new group to put checks on President Trump and speak out against his abuses and attacks among the high profile founders the husband of White House, counselor Kellyanne Conway, I will. Let's say you're in the situation room. This is CNN breaking news. We're following multiple breaking stories this hour, including a possible White House shakeup at anytime as President Trump openly waves firing top administration officials the president described as isolated and growing more furious by the day following Republican losses in the midterm elections and poor reviews of his weekend trip to France. We've tension with European leaders was clearly evident, I'll talk about that and more with congressman I came Jeffries and our correspondents analysts specialists are also standing by first let's go to our senior White House. Correspondent Jeff Zeleny. Jeff tension. Clearly, very high in the west wing right now if no question about it tensions are high at all levels from lower level staffers to senior staffers, not sure of what they're standing is is the White House enters this new phase here, and the president has not been seen much at all since election day. He is holding events just a few moments ago on prison reform that was the first time many people. Have seen him. But behind the scenes, we're told he's been brooding an angry at looking for change. After projecting optimism a week ago after the midterm elections, and it was a big day yesterday an incredible day tonight. President Trump's mood is anything. But he's isolated in growing. More furious by the day. What else officials tell CNN with one bluntly saying, yes, he's pissed at damn near everyone. And tonight, he searching for a scapegoat in an Oval Office interview with the daily caller, the president revived old conspiracy theories about voter fraud, the Republicans don't win, and that's because of potentially illegal votes. He told the conservative website when people get in line. They have absolutely no right to vote and they go around in circles, sometimes they go in their car put on a different hat put on a different shirt come in and vote again. Nobody takes anything. It's really a disgrace. What's going on? There is no evidence to back up the claim aimed at the Florida recount. But it offers a window into the president state of mind as the White House heads into uncharted territory with Democrats, assuming control of the house and special counsel. Robert muller. Chink closer to issuing a report on the rush investigation a day after first lady baloney, Trump launched a public grenade across the White House saying deputy national security adviser mayor Rikard Dell no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House. She reported to work today. A rare personal rebuke from MRs Trump CNN is learn she's been quietly calling for her firing for weeks because of a conflict over her trip to Africa last month when the problem wasn't solved. Mrs Trump went public all that is a far bigger shakeup is looming. Even as the president says he will soon decide the fate of homeland security secretary Kirsten Nielsen she was at the US Mexico border today alongside Defense Secretary James Mattis receiving a briefing from military commanders. Very very quickly, which is by that transfer preceding. The president has made little secret of dissatisfaction with Nielsen on his to signature issues immigration and border security. It could touch off a domino of departures, including White House chief of staff John Kelly, whose Nielsen's top advocate inside the administration, the president has already talking to a handful of potential replacements for Kelly, including elevating vice chief-of-staff, Nick heirs to the post. But even before his name CNN is learned there's been aggressive pushback against him. With some senior aides even threatening to resign. If he's tapped for the job. So you're been with questions here about a shakeup in the second half of the first a term of the president's time here a wall, a he did just sign a or actually his support for at bipartisan prison reform Bill. It's going to be very interesting to watch in the lame duck session here going forward. Some conservatives oppose that and some Democrats support that but wolf interestingly, the president was asked Pacific -ly about those voter fraud allegations he made earlier about those voters in Florida. He looked directly at reporters wolf, but would not give any evidence or answer questions. Jugs Ellen a at the White House for us. Thank you very much. We're also following breaking news up on Capitol Hill where two senators including Republican Jeff flake are demanding a vote on a Bill to protect the special counsel Robert Muller, but we're blocked by the majority leader Mitch McConnell. Our senior congressional correspondent mono joining us with details right now mono Senator flake is issuing a direct threat to get a vote on this Bill. Yeah. He is. He's saying he's going to vote against all. All pending nominations in the Senate Judiciary committee and all pending judicial nominations on the floor of the full Senate intil he gets a vote on this bipartisan Bill that would make it harder to dismiss special counsel, Robert Muller and said that accounts for about twenty one judicial nominees in the committee thirty two on the floor. And why that's significant is because only there's only a fifty one forty nine breakdown in the Senate right now. So if two Republican senators of additional one in addition of Jeff flake were to join him that'd be enough to scuttle any further judicial nominees in pill, the special counsel Bill gets voted on. I'll Mitch McConnell blocked any efforts to move forward today because he believes that the president will not do anything to quash the Muller pro still that prompted significant concerns from Jeff flake along with Senator Chris coons of Delaware who went to the floor to tell raise concerns about those ways investigations going and the person who is now overseeing. With the firing of the attorney general, and in my view, the improper installation of an acting attorney general who has not been subject to confirmation by this body. The president now has this investigation in his sights. And we all know it. So that acting attorney general Matt Whitaker someone who's installed that post last week. Someone who's been a sharp critic of the Muller investigation. I asked Jeff flake at a press conference here just moments ago, whether or not met with of Christian cues himself from the Russia investigation, he said, he should recuse himself as breaking with most Republicans on the hill who don't have concerns with Matt Whitaker now at the same time would flake and Chris coons of called for hearings to discuss with Matt Whitaker. Exactly how he views the Muller investigation. Chuck Grassley, who's currently the chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee told me earlier today that they will not move forward with hearings this year. He said that they're going to look for a new attorney general nominee to come forward. Instead. So you're seeing resistance from the Republicans and the Republican leadership of doing anything to deal with the mullet investigation to push back against the Whitaker. Appointment will see that posture changes. If pressure continues to build from this ever led by. Jeff flake and Chris coons to demand a vote, and if they're able to deny any for the judicial nominees from getting confirmed, this this is clearly a big deal monitor that which McConnell won't even allow a vote like this to come forward. There must be deep anger, clearly among the Democrats. But I suspect not just Jeff flake among the Republicans. Yeah. There are certainly are Republicans who are supporting it. But they're all Republicans were not going as far as Jeff flake, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, actually cosponsor this Bill as it Thom Tillis of North Carolina, another Republican and neither of them joined Jeff flake and Chris coons on the floor to demand a vote and Chuck Grassley himself voted for this Bill in the committee. But he did not join them on the floor here. The question wolf is whether or not the Democrats and flake and some of these Republicans will succeed in adding this to a must pass spending Bill that must pass by December seven to avoid a government shutdown. How far they willing to take it house. Democrats want to push very hard. Some Senate Democrats are uncertain. About how hard they want to push it. But this fight is not ending. It's bound to intensify. In the days ahead. I suspect it will our mono. Thanks very much Mina Rajoub up on Capitol Hill. Also breaking this hour, very important hearing CNN's lawsuit against President Trump over the decision to suspend the press pass of our chief White House. Correspondent Jim Acosta. Let's go to our chief media correspondent, Brian Stelter? He has the very latest Brian tell our viewers what we know. What's happening right now some some drama unfolding. Yes. This Harry Mcgann around three forty PM the US district court in his continuing now, and it looks to continue for at least a little while longer. But judge jimothy Jay Kelley may issue. A ruling from the bench right after the hearing that means he could make a statement this evening about whether Jim Acosta's press Pasha be reinstated right away. That of course, is what CNN and Akasa are asking for. They've applied for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the government. So the causes press pass will be returned. But a government. Lawyer is speaking right now in court, and he is arguing that the White House action was lawful and followed the accurate and fair procedures. There are two arguments here wolf to arguments one involving the first amendment one involving the fifth amendment of the constitution. The first amendment argument that CNN is making in court is that Kosta was being discriminated against because of his point of view or his content because of his reporting as a CNN correspondent, the judge express some skepticism about that point of view and said there's some evidence that it was a Costas behavior or conduct. They lead the White House to revoke his press pass all of this. Of course goes back to that press conference that the president held after the midterms Kosta tried to ask several questions, the president tried to move on a cost a hell held onto the Mike ask another question, and then surrender the microphone so based on that exchange, which of course, we all saw on live TV the White House revoked the press pass. And now, it's a battle in court. So the first amendment issue is being discussed in court. And so is the fifth amendment issue that of course, involves due process. CNN and accosts lawyers say that constant was denied due process. After all he was surprised when he walked up to the White House that night and was Tony was not allowed to enter. But the government lawyer right now in court is arguing that due process was followed. Apparently, they're claiming that because Trump was critical of a Kosta in the press conference that somehow was due process. We will see if the judge agrees with that argument or not as I said wolf the combination is still going on the arguments are still going on in court. We may hear resolution in the next hour. So our soon as you find out we'll get back to you. Bryan. Thank you very much clearly lots at stake in this decision by this federal judge. Let's get some analysis right now. Jeffrey Toobin, you're our lawyer you've read the arguments on both sides. What do you think? Well, I think CNN's argument under the first amendment is really they're they're better argument. The argument that you know, if the White House is going to set up a system where people get press passes, you can't discriminate among the various reporters on the. The basis of their views on the basis of what they say that is content based discrimination. And that's something that is generally prohibited under the first amendment. I think the the the do press less are due process argument is weaker. I don't think, you know, the White House is obliged to follow strict procedures in deciding who gets the press pass, and who doesn't, but the idea that Jim Costa's press pass was taken away because of what he said not because he was disruptive not because he proved himself unfit to be in the press room that argument, I think is where CNN is going to win or lose. And I think it's it's a good argument. I think it's a very good argument. You know, Gloria, the president is really determined in the White House determined to fight this, and it sort of underscores the foul mood based on what the president has been saying that he clearly is going through right now presumably as a result of his disappointment that the Republicans didn't do better. In the midterm elections. Look the White House called it a stunt. It's obviously, it's a very serious issue. And all of us have done a bunch of reporting today about the mood inside the White House. It's kind of like a hyperventilation chamber in their in their the the president's in a bad mood. He didn't do as well as he thought he should have done in the in the midterm elections. He wants to clean house. I've a source told me, you know, yes, he's upset at people. But on the other hand he wants to face off against the Democrats is looking forward to that. Because he likes to he likes to have an enemy, but everything is up in the air. They're now, which is I think the way Trump likes it. You know people's heads are on the chopping block sort of somebody. We thought was fired yesterday is still there today and all of this is being played out in public like a soap opera, which is the way the president likes. And there's always, you know, this you live at going into those doors every day. But there's always a sense of chaos in the sentiment certainty. But that is heightened. We are all told it to the nth degree right now. You know, the president thrives on. Reports that this person in the cabinet or that person the staff are going to potentially get fired. But right now, we're told that's real it's not just, you know, playing games it's real, and what is really troubling to people inside the White House and in and around the Trump world, not just people who work in the building is the the uncertainty is even more than usual being fomented by the president. I mean, it's it really is kind of a hunger game situation that he knows that people are worried for their jobs and is kind of involved in situations. Whether it's sitting in a room in the White House on election night huddled with the first lady, and Nick Ayers, who's now the vice president's chief of staff very much rumored to be talked about to be his next chief of staff huddled there for a long time people looking at them saying what's going on. What's this about? Understanding is that that was intentional. Whether Nick Ayers was offered a job there or not it doesn't matter. He was trying to see somebody get a leak. This is somebody going to, you know, think that maybe Nick Ayers has the job that John Kelly wants and the president rebels in that kind of uncertainty, and frankly backbiting moment he's been looking forward to for some time. Now, he's been waiting until the midterm elections were over in order to make some of these big moves because he'd been told by his advisers by Republicans on the hill. Please do not do anything else to create more problems for us going into this election that's over with. And so now, he's taking this moment to let let his staff know that he wants a change. But as with always with President Trump, he's seeing a problems all around him as seeing people giving him bad advice. He seeing things not going well for him, politically and he's blaming everyone. But himself everyone around him is being blamed for all the problems that he believes that he's experiencing that's not necessarily new. But the timing right now allows him to potentially make some really big changes and potentially some dramatic ones that could have ripple effects going down the chain of command within the White House and within the administration forget, he's already fired the attorney general I mean that was a pretty bad. Exactly. You know, that was a that was a pretty big change. And he's just come off of a month of adulation, where he, you know, he loves he gets energy from being on the campaign trail such a good point. He was out there a month and everybody loved him, and he was excited, and he thought he was going to win and suddenly the bubble bursts and didn't really work out that way, so he's looking for people to blame. And so it will not only be his chief of staff or his homeland security adviser. But it may it may go down to other places in the cabinet. I'm told where he's just not. He's just not thrilled with the way people are performing in his feeling is, you know, I'm gonna clean house now because I know how to do this job. And no matter whom I appoint as chief of staff that person's going to be a paper pusher. I'm really going to be running the White House at suddenly the in these photo ops, many times, suddenly all of a sudden reporters are shouting questions. So the president and as as opposed to what he was doing until the last few days. He's refusing to answer their questions at these various events. Yeah. That's. Really, interesting development. And and that also has to do with the fact that the midterms are over the strategy leading up to the midterm elections was to let Trump could try to control the narrative by talking as much as he has he could reporters directly answering those questions talking about what he wanted to talk about. That's all over. Now. He's in a bad mood. He doesn't wanna take questions. He just wants to go about doing only the things that he wants to do. It's worth noting also wolf the president has been canceling things on his schedule left right and center, he is in one of those moods where his staff is is probably at this moment. Having a little bit of trouble getting him to do some of the things that he needs to do. For example, spending Veterans Day holed up at the White House. Absolutely no public events when he was in Paris not going to that cemetery event. There are a number of things that President Trump is not doing right now. And that's because the political environment doesn't require him to really be trying to control the narrative it did a week ago until the last few days he was doing the daily White House press briefing. On the centers wisened doing that. Jeffrey among other things he's doing apparently the last couple of days is going through the written answers to questions submitted by the special counsel, Robert Muller, and this is taking place as there's now a new bipartisan effort, a dramatic one to try to protect Muller up on Capitol Hill, and including Jeff flake, the outgoing Republican Senator Chris coons who's going to be a dump who's the democratic Senator. He's not going anywhere. Yeah. Jeff flake is there. Anything more empty in American politics a threat from Jeff flake who has made his entire career by folding every time Mitch McConnell breathes hard. I mean, Mitch McConnell is going to squash Jeff flake like a bug as he always does. And the idea that Jeff flake is going to hold up anything to protect Robert Muller is in my opinion absurd. Mitch McConnell has said we don't need a law to protect Mitch to to protect Robert Mueller. And that means there's not going to be. A lot to protect Robert Muller. Mitch McConnell is in charge. Jeff flake is wandering off into the into the darkness his last few days as a Senator. I mean, this is not a fair fight Mitch McConnell and a ninety eight pound weakening named Jeff flake is just not you know, that that that that is not going to happen. And that means that the administration is going to have a free hand to do with Muller. What they will. And we'll see what happens Jeff flake would probably argue. He's wandering into the light not the darkness the US Senate. But you know, Mitch McConnell has been very resistant to do this. But if things change as we get closer to Muller issuing issuing his report or people, like Lindsey Graham, and and Democrats, frankly with more importantly, get word that it is problematic McConnell could be forced to change his mind, Jeff flake or not. And that's just the reality. The political. Ability for the Republicans who I know we just had an election, but the Republican the landscape for Republicans in the next election in twenty twenty never mind, the presidency in the Senate is much less positive for the GOP, and they have to start looking at remember. But remember the Republican caucus is now pro more pro-trump than it used to be to be Jeff flake is leaving. Bob corker is leaving. You know, John McCain, of course, is gone. The people who remain are the real hardcore Trump loyalist. So the idea I think I mean, we'll see that Mitch McConnell is going to feel any sort of pressure to protect Robert Muller from his fellow Republicans who are the majority seems remote as in the Senate. Remember Mitt Romney, the incoming Senator from Utah. What he has to say. Everybody's by much more on all the breaking news right after this. You know, what's not smart sites that overwhelming with tons of the wrong resumes. But you know, what is smart ZipRecruiter dot com slash situation. 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Lawmakers are trying to pass a Bill protecting the special counsel Robert Muller while over at the White House sources described President Trump as angry isolated and mulling more staff shakeups at very high levels. Let's get some more all this democratic congressman came Jeffries of New York is joining us. He's a member of the judiciary committee congressman thanks so much for joining us. So let's get right to the substance. Do you think this push to protect Robert Muller by this bipartisan, very small coalition in the Senate stands any real chance of surviving? Well, I certainly hope so because the congress as a separate and Coequal branch of government, a has to make sure that the integrity of this investigation remains intact. Democracy was attacked in the context of the two thousand sixteen presidential election. And we need to get to the bottom of what happened and allow the mother investing. Gatien to proceed in a calm, this passionate fact-based fashion within Radic White House that may be prepared to try the jettison him we cannot allow that to happen. The you've been nude anxiety surrounding Robert Muller and his team comes after the appointment of the acting attorney general Matt Whitaker who has publicly denigrated the entire Russia probe. The Justice department though is now arguing that is appointment was in fact, constitutional how do you see it? Well, we have an independent article three judiciary that ultimately will have to resolve that question. It does appear that the appointment was constitutionally and legally flawed, but ultimately the federal court system, we'll have to work that out. It is an example of what happens when you have an administration and the president who makes decisions that don't appear to be grounded in any thoughtfulness as it relates to the department of Justice, the admit. Nistration of a fair and even minded investigatory process, and that's unfortunate. And we're going to do our job as a separate and Coequal branch of government to uphold constitutional responsibilities while at the same time focusing on resolving real problems for the American people to improve their quality of life. You should on the House Judiciary committee, what just two months after January third Democrats will control that committee your party. We'll get a chance to decide which investigations you want to pursue our Democrats to pursue pursue an immediate investigation. Into the Whitaker appointment. Well, that's for the chairman in partnership with the members of the majority of the House Judiciary committee to decide, but I do think that generally we should proceed with caution. We have to make sure that we uphold our oversight responsibilities, but we were elected into a majority based on the promise to focus on lowering health care costs increasing pay for everyday Americans for cleaning up corruption in the mess in Washington DC for improving the quality of life of the American people by focusing on kitchen table, pocketbook issues, and we cannot lose sight of that. What else would you like to see your committee, the judiciary committee look into you're going to very soon have subpoena power? Well, we have a broken immigration system. And we have the ability on the house of this area committee to try to rectify what is clearly a broken system, and to do it in a bipartisan way, we have to make sure with all of the problems. That we've seen in the voter suppression efforts in places like Georgia, and Florida and Texas and North Dakota that we make sure that the integrity of our democracy is protected that we restore the Voting Rights Act, and that's dish airy committee level responsibility in terms of jurisdiction. So there's a whole host of things that need to happen. While also making sure of that, no one is above the law in this country that the administration of justices allowed to proceed and that Bob Muller can be Bob Muller that he can bring this investigation to a conclusion. And then we can report the facts that he American people figure out what needs to happen from there. Let me get your reaction to what we just saw live here on CNN. A few minutes ago, the president coming out in favor of bipartisan legislation for criminal Justice. It's called the first step reform act. There were Democrats. They're Republicans there. They clearly want to do something about allowing prisoners who get out of prison. Have a second chance. This is a serious move. The president says that he wants to work together with Democrats to do something about this. What's your reaction? Those a very positive step in the right direction. The first step Acas actually legislation in the house where I was the lead democratic sponsor as you know, wolf and the lead Republican sponsored was Doug Collins, a conservative Republican from rural Georgia, and I'm very progressive democrat pragmatically progressive, but progressive democrat from Brooklyn, and we work together to forge a bipartisan consensus around the fact that we have a mass incarceration problem in America. In over criminal ization problem in America that's out of control, and we have to break the back of the prison industrial complex, and we need to begin to do. So with the first step act, so we can help currently incarcerated individuals successfully transitioned into society, reduce recidivism and save tax payer dollars. This is a positive step in the right direction. We have to see the Senate act, and then we're going to have to see the house of representatives act, and then hopefully, we can show America that Democrats and Republicans. Could work together to get things done. Well, if the president is serious about this, and that would be a really as you say of very positive move in terms of getting Republicans to work with you, the Democrats in order to get this passed in the house and the Senate. Well, that's correct. And the original version of the first step back which passed the house of representatives in may did so in a strongly bipartisan vote three hundred sixty people voted for it only fifty nine voted against it. The Senate led by Grassley and Thurman and Cory Booker and others have been the Goshi aiding some enhancements try to make sure we do something about sentencing reform, which I certainly would embrace and Cedric Richmond the chair the Congressional Black caucus and others. I believe will embrace. We want the strongest possible Bill to come out of the Senate administration appears to be signaling support for it. And then hopefully, we can get something done in the house and some sense up to the president's desk by his signature have you met with Jared Kushner who is the White House lead in trying to generate support for this legislation. Met with Jared Kushner several times over the run up to the negotiation of the Bill in the house and have continued to talk with him in the months thereafter. And he's been a very positive force in terms of trying to get something over the finish line. I believe he's authentically committed to a good substantive Bill and look forward to continuing to work with him on this issue. You think this is potentially open the door to further BI partisan cooperation with the president of the United States. We know that among the Democrats in the in the house there's a lot of opposition to what the president is doing. But is there an area? Now is there an opening for cooperation with the president? I think an absolutely can present an opening the House Democratic majority will now be operating from a position of strength. And we've articulated a set of issues that we think there are bipartisan avenues of support available to get something done. The president has said he wants to lower the high cost of prescription drugs. We've said that we want to lead the way and make. So that we can get something done. We need a real infrastructure plan. We have one one trillion dollars. It will create sixteen million good paying jobs, hopefully, we can meet the president halfway there toward what he'd like to accomplish. And he'll come toy argue of the world and really fixing crumbling, bridges roads and tunnel. Well, if you could do that if you could get some bi-partisanship operation like that. I think the American people would be very very pleased, especially in those areas, you just discuss where they're potentially is some good cooperation, congressman Jeffries. Thanks so much for joining us. Thanks as always wolf up next up President Trump's bake some bizarre new claims about voter fraud in a new interview. Tired of spending hundreds of dollars for prescription glasses. Our friends at Zanny optical offer, a huge variety of high quality stylish frames and state of the art optics starting at just six ninety five. You can get multiple frames with this great pricing for less than one pair. 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A ruling some sort of ruling in this case, remember CNN and Jimmy CASA's lawyers are asking for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would have the effect of returning a Costa's press pass right away CNN's argument is that every day that goes by when he's been suspended from the White House. That's a day that's causing damage and that's violating his first amendment constitutional rights. So CNN is seeking an immediate relief from. The court. And that's what the judge will be considering we expect he will issue ruling sometime tomorrow, and he'll reconvene court at three PM eastern time to share his decision. So during this to our hearing, Brian of the the lawyers representing CNN they made their case, the lawyers representing the White House. They made their case the federal judge. I assume was asking questions that we get any indication in which direction that federal judge might be moving. You know, he asked some skeptical questions of the CNN lawyer. He also spent a long time talking with the government lawyer Eric went bowl the lotion imposed impose listening the whole time. He said he couldn't tell which way Kelly was going to go CNN's reporters were in the courtroom. They're heading outside now. So we able to hear more from them about some of the details of the preceding. But we do know the government lawyers took a relatively radical position about the first amendment in about access to the White House. The government lawyer representing the president and the other Trump aides who are being sued. He said that hypothetically the White House could bar any report? From the White House at any time that is a real break from decades of tradition and some established case law, which says the only reason why report would be ejected from the White House would be if the person was a physical threat to the president. So the White House and the Trump administration the DOJ going much further than that saying that a reporter could be barred at any time for any reason. Although they say in this case, that's not what's happening. They say that in this case, it cost was suspended because of his conduct at a press conference last week, and obviously CNN rejected argument, and by the way, most of the nation's major news organizations has sided with CNN because they're concerned that if a costly gets kicked out other reporters could also be kicked out in the future. When you say all most of the major news organizations that includes not just ABC NBC CBS or the Washington Post of the New York Times. It includes Fox News as well. Yes, that's right. And you can see on screen just some of the outlets here. We don't frankly have room for all of them as the day has gone by more and more news outlets from BuzzFeed to the. From politico to the New York Times have joined to this effort, many of these outlets are owning a friend of the court brief to express support for CNN's position. This is something that has been going on, of course for a week. The lawsuit was filed yesterday. And now we're told the judge will will weigh in tomorrow afternoon. All right. We'll stand by for that. Jeffrey, Toobin hustled -nificant is this decision by this federal judge? Well, there's also a significant decision that he's already made the CNN lawyers have argued as Brian said that every minute that the Jim Acosta is denied access to his job at the White House is a violation of the first amendment. What the judge has said is twenty four hours doesn't matter is that you know, where he's going to extend the the the the ban on Jim Acosta for another twenty four hours. So that in itself is a small victory for the White House. Now, the judge may go the other way at three o'clock tomorrow, and and. And you know, the this day will largely be forgotten. But you know, the argument made very clearly by Ted Boutros, the lawyer for CNN was you have to change this now because the effect on the first amendment and the violation is going on now. And at least as far as one day is concerned. The judge didn't buy it. We're going to get more information on this all the day's breaking news, everybody standby. We'll be right back. Remember to create an ad like this one visit pure winning dot com slash CNN. Right now, California. Millions of people remain at risk of some ten thousand firefighters battled. What's become the most destructive and deadliest not break of wildfires in the state's history. Worst of all the death toll keeps rising at least fifty people are dead more than one hundred remain missing. Here's C N N's Vic watt in Malibu. In southern California. Another completely separate fire exploding east of Los Angeles whipped by those same Santa Anna winds, creating carnage across California and another dangerous flare up on the western edge of the enormous wool the fire around Malibu not near homes, but those dry gusty winds can carry dangerous burning embers bar and wine to dead in Malibu, so far inland and a Gora hills. Another body found thority suspect that fatality also fire related God. Thirteen million people remained under red flag warnings hundreds of thousands forced to flee from their homes. I just thought maybe I was going to die. I just I was like I just have to keep going. I've can't turn around. I can't stop. I have to just keep going. We were all left in the dark at a meeting for the Malibu evacuated emotions high tempers. I mean, the evacuation was not smooth at to hear about this smooth evacuation on the radio one hundred times while I'm sitting that Zuma parking lot wondering if I'm going to die from the smoke. Meanwhile in northern California through the ash and rubble that was once a town called paradise. They're still searching for the dead. The toll will rise this already the deadliest fire in California's history has gone right now. But I just wanna say that everybody out here has been so gracious, and we're so thankful for friends who have been so supportive, nearly seventy seven hundred homes burned and counting lost to the fast moving flames of the so-called campfire at its peak consuming every second an area. Size of a football field. Cal fire creating this interactive map. All that red is destroyed those tiny chunks of black the only areas unaffected one official says in his thirty years of service. He's never seen such destruction. You know in less than a week and area. Four times. The size of Boston has burned brief glimmers of hope on the horizon. The Windsor dropping in some rain forecast for next week. But right, now wolf California is still attended books. Nick Wahdan the scene for us. Thank you very much Nick up next new opposition for President Trump from the conservative side of the political spectrum. Mark Manders free Shuki five and on this edition of our show. I'll be joined by Syracuse Titus battle job into just trying to improve my game. Being able to be more offensive from the ball different ways. I think that's improved disfie- play making billions. Well. Three sixty five now at apple podcasts and Fatah by. Tonight. It looks like President Trump is facing some newly organized opposition from Democrats, but from conservative lawyers Brian Todd has got detailed Brian. There's some prominent names in this new list prominent names, heavy hitters wolf som- who've had top jobs in other Republican administrations they believe President Trump is treading on some dangerous ground, especially when the president attacks the Justice department, and they are determined to counterattack tonight. The latest challenges of President Trump coming from the most unlikely of the political spectrum conservatives he wants considered his friends and allies is being called checks and balances the new group is made up of influential conservative lawyers who say they are fed up with President Trump and determined to be a thorn in his side on constitutional issues that president efforts to undermine the rule of law. Need to be called out. What maybe even more shock is not that it was founded by conservatives, but that the group's founder and the person most likely to be. The biggest thorn and Trump side is married to someone who works within spitting distance of the white House Rose Garden, George Conway, the husband of Trump confidant and counselor Kellyanne Conway founded the group overnight after serving as a check on a blistering critic of Trump on his own. Conway has hammered Trump on Twitter wants tweeting that the country needs a quote, president capable of comprehending the law and has written op EDS calling out the president, including one in the New York Times saying Trump's quote installation of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general is unconstitutional. It's illegal the White House hasn't commented on the formation of checks and balances, but President Trump lashed out at George Conway on Friday. You mean, you mean, Mr. Kellyanne Conway? He's just trying to get bliss city for himself. Conway may have founded checks and balances, but the group includes thirteen other prominent conservative lawyers such as former homeland security secretary Tom Ridge who says he's fed up with Trump's attacks on the media. There are countries in the world don't have freedom of the press. But I don't want to live in China Russia or Iran, C N N legal analyst carry Cordeiro. Who is also a member says Trump is trying to misuse the department of Justice law enforcement should be nonpartisan not politically motivated the group says it will speak out and fight back whenever Trump attacks institution. It feels should be protected at the top of the list tonight. Cordeiro says the group believes it was dangerous move by the president to appoint an acting attorney general who once said special counsel, Robert Muller could be fired and these lawyers are incensed that Trump attacked the Justice department for indicting to Republican congressman before the midterms. He has indicated a intent to influence process. Kyushu's of individuals for political purpose that is absolutely anathema to the way that law enforcement is supposed to take place, but will the group even with the help of the husband of one of Trump's top aide move conservative politicians and voters away from Donald Trump, some say probably not that seems like a real stretch right now, it's still Trump's GOP, and you can't change that in the short term when discussing the prospects for checks and balances to be a real counterweight to President Trump within the Republican party analysts point out, the fate of others in the party who have tried to do that many of them have turned and become Trump's allies like some of his former GOP primary challengers, or they're leaving politics altogether, like senators, Bob corker, and Jeff flake. Now, we should note that in a recent interview on ABC Kellyanne Conway said her political differences with her husband are not relevant. And we also asked George Conway for an interview for our story. We never heard back from him wolf Brian Todd reporting for us. Thank you very much. There's breaking. News coming up next, President Trump described as isolated and fuming possibly on the verge of firing senior officials. We're learning new information tonight. Are you ready to learn how to build a better consulting or professional services company than download the list and dot IO show for the best sales and marketing advice, so you can deliver your services to the people who need you the most on the show? I'll be interviewing the smartest people in the industry to share what they know about building a better consulting business. Also, give you up where I tell you. Specifically how to sell your services with confidence and how to transform into an influential leader in your industry, your happy clients probably wanna to help. It's too hard for them right now, you're asking them to do too much of the selling that you should be doing. Yeah. 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